Good news everybody!
I’ve finished both tracks that will be used for testing the cars.
This is the (formerly Bob Jane) Calder Park Raceway. It used to be owned by legendary Australian motorsport figure and tyre tycoon Bob Jane (Booooooooob Jaaaaaaaaaaaaane, T Mart!). It was known as one of the most preeminent homes of Australian motorsport, featuring many kinds of sports bike and sports car races around the road course, and NASCAR style races around “The Thunderdome” throughout the 80s. More recently, the track fell into a state of disrepair, then Bob’s own son kicked him off it and he was literally dragged off the site by security guards in 2010. It didn’t open for a while after that, but now it’s almost exclusively used for the regular local drag events populated largely by bogans and their (actually rather well put together) nostalgia machines (now that Holden and Ford are dead in Australia), and of course gatecrashed by the occasional crackhead…
warning: contains explicit Australian
We’ll be testing on the full course, which AFAIK hasn’t actually been used for about thirty years, which I feel is an utter waste.
This, however, is not an official track. It’s a real, very narrow, rather out of the way road which has a grand total of five properties along it, not far north of Melbourne. It’s far from the steepest hillclimb, but it’s full of blind corners, trees and cliffs, and no barriers. At any given time, a significant proportion of the surface is either dusty, rough, or full of debris. It should represent a significant challenge and will be closed off for several hours to give us a chance to test how pliable at the limit the cars really are.
I’ll share the tracks for download as soon as I release the GMR writeup, which, now that I can go through all of them in detail, should be the end of next week.